“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.” -Gwyneth Paltrow

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick, Fatale

A week or two ago I got a makeover at my Chanel counter. I was thrilled with the eyes, I wasn't thrilled with the lips, which they for some reason (despite my telling them I favor reds and deep berries) decided to use a pale, very frosty  pink-beige shade on me. They covered it with lip gloss (probably to hide the awfulness beneath), so I bought the lipstick and the gloss with the shadow and went on my merry way. It wasn't until I got home and put on the lipstick that I realized just how WRONG it was for me, so back it went. And when I went to return it, one of my regular SA's was there and she helped me choose a much more "Shannon" color, Fatale. 

Fatale is a great Autumn red. Touched with just a hint of brown and subtle cranberry undertones, it's cool/neutral but still appropriate for just about any skin tone. It's also a bit of a chameleon, showing itself to be very different in various lighting situations. Here's a shot taken in the shade: 

In the above shot, Fatale is a deep, cranberry red with plenty of berry. However, look what happens in direct sunlight: 

Here, it shows much more brown and appears to be a warmer red. 

And then there's the comparison shots. I did swatches of several of my favorite truer reds--Icon and #45 lean blue, while Moulin Rouge is pretty much a stop sign red--and the difference was startling: 

When compared in direct sunlight, Fatale (3rd from left) appears quite brown and not red at all. In shade, a similar result: 

More of the berry shines through, but it still appears to be far from red when compared with the others. 

And then, to complicate matters even more, there's the appearance on the lips:
Under fluorescent lights, no flash. The color takes on a very brown undertone, with a very brick-red appearance. 

Taken in low light with flash, the berry undertones are striking. 

In everyday indoor lighting, Fatale becomes a deep, cranberry red with a touch of brown...just enough to tone it down the tiniest bit. It's very similar to Venise from the Rouge Coco line, but not as brown. It's a great Autumn alternative to red, and although it's very neutral, it's far too deep and has far too much color to even approach the dreaded (in my world) nude lip. 

Bottom Line: Fatale is a chameleon of a color, and I highly recommend you try it on your lips before purchasing. It's a perfect red for fall, going well with browns and neutrals, yet still remaining just a bit vampy. As with all Rouge Allure lipsticks, it's soft and moisturizing and has excellent wear time, although it tends to transfer more easily than the Rouge Coco's. I'm going to get a LOT of use out of this one!


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